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30th June, 2016

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Racing to School and The Pony Club launch Riders’ Programme at Musselburgh

19th July, 2016

The education charity Racing to School launches its new Riders’ Programme in association with The Pony Club at Musselburgh racecourse on July 19th. The charity is broadening its work with The Pony Club this summer by involving young people nationwide in a new, free programme aimed at those who already have an active interest in horses, and horse sport.

The education charity Racing to School launches its new Riders’ Programme in association with The Pony Club at Musselburgh racecourse on July 19th. The charity is broadening its work with The Pony Club this summer by involving young people nationwide in a new, free programme aimed at those who already have an active interest in horses, and horse sport.

The Dalkeith & District Pony Club will bring members aged between nine and 18 to Musselburgh where they will be given unique access to the racecourse, and be led through the inner workings of the sport by Racing to School’s Regional Education Officer Carrie Ford, herself a former Pony Club member.

"Our members are really looking forward to seeing behind the scenes at how a top class racecourse operates and to getting a glimpse into life as a jockey,” said Assistant District Commissioner Sarah Hawes.

The charity has already engaged a number of equine colleges in this work, which consists of a structured outdoor activity visit to racecourses, studs or trainers’ yards.

“With the generous support of the Racing Foundation, this initiative will use racing’s assets and networks to provide fun, interactive and informative activities for young people who are already enthusiastic about horses and ponies,” said John Blake from Racing to School.

“The feedback on this Programme from the colleges has been encouraging and we want to provide a valuable learning experience for participants, while increasing their knowledge and appreciation of horseracing. The British Horseracing Authority’s Careersinracing team has also played a crucial role in facilitating and encouraging this work, and together we hope to foster interest in the wide range of career opportunities available in the sport among those who are considering combining their love of horses with their working lives. The Pony Club has 50,000 members across 19 areas, so the opportunity is there for racing to inspire and attract some of these committed equestrians.”

Ollie McPhail